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Germany Ready to Assist Moldova by Relocating 2,500 Ukrainian Refugees to Its Territory

The 2,500 Ukrainians currently in Moldova, having fled their homeland’s war zone, will be transferred to Germany in the following days. The Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the move after the minister’s meeting with his German counterpart, Annalina Baribac, in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.

The meeting took place on March 12, during which Minister Nico Popescu thanked Minister Bariback for Berlin’s initiative to transfer 2,500 Ukrainian refugees from Moldova to Germany, TheSchengen.com reports

Since Russia began its military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 270,300 people have crossed into Moldova, and nearly 123,000 refugees have been registered in Germany so far.

In this regard, Deputy Prime Minister Niko Popescu said that the ongoing war is causing serious damage to the economy, welfare and budget, as due to the unjustified war, exports and imports from Ukraine have been affected in many markets.

The minister also noted that “it is clear that this regional instability undermines our ability to attract investment, and in this sense, the war is a severe blow to the well-being of the citizens of the Republic of Moldova.”

And the German Interior Ministry had previously announced that the arrival of Ukrainian refugees to Germany is more concentrated in some cities, especially in Berlin, because transport is by train from Poland.

Meanwhile, according to a ministry spokesman, the problem is that any measure aimed at redistributing refugees to other German cities cannot be implemented because Ukrainian citizens can enter the European Union without visas and can travel freely not only throughout Germany but also in the Schengen area entire.

Regarding the total number of Ukrainian refugees since the start of the Russian invasion, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced in a tweet on Twitter on Friday, March 11, that the number has reached more than 2.5 million.

Moreover, Deputy Prime Minister Popescu added that the contribution of German investors and the aid they provide to cooperation and development has returned to jobs, stressing that thanks to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), it is possible to diversify Moldova. Exports to the German market.

The Deputy Prime Minister also stressed that “the Republic of Moldova and Germany will continue to strengthen our special partnership towards the European Union, which for us means integration into a space of freedom, stability and peace.”

Minister Nico Popescu also noted that proximity to European families and Germany includes measures regarding the diaspora. He added that many Moldovan citizens have been living and working in Germany for years, where the issue of signing an agreement to reduce roaming fees was addressed, and all procedures to simplify the transfer of driving licenses were completed.

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